Happy Monday! First, since you are not seeing photos of my studio in this blog post, you would be right to assume I did NOT get it finished. Ugh. I started rearranging furniture, got frustrated and walked away. Still. Not. Finished. I'm going to be working on it this week, though. So whenever I have some photos to share of something that is not a total mess, I'll be sharing them. I'm going to get this done. Really, I am.
So, what you are seeing here today is something I made a couple of months ago. I had a craft day with my youngest daughter, that loves to create things with old dolls, and after many hours, this is what I came up with. She's a shabby, raggedy, butterfly doll.
Years ago, I made soft dolls, and they were nothing like this little cutie. However, as you probably know, I still have an affinity for dolls. This little gal started out as a vintage knickerbocker doll with no arms. (and she was naked) I didn't really have any idea exactly where I was going wiht her, so I just started playing.
I would say I was definitely inspired by Joanna Pierotti. I adore her dolls, especially the bunny dolls she creates. I love the tattered, whimsical style she creates with her dolls, and that is something I was going for. (speaking of Joanna's bunny dolls, one of these days I am hoping to be fast enough to be able to purchase one of those!) Anyway, once I got started she mostly came easily.
Except for her hair! That hair was a LOT of trial and error, and taking it apart and starting over, and took me forever. Definitely the longest process of creating this doll was her hair. But I wanted her to have this wild hair with little antenna like things sticking out, and eventually I was happy with how it turned out.
Her body has all sorts of layers of paint and a little glitter, her skirt was made from tea dyed cheese cloth and scraps of lace. Her arms are borrowed from another, and her wings were created with a butterly wing shaped christmas ornament. They're covered in bits of old lace and paints as well.
I am thinking of making some more dolls like this, especially after I was able to master that hair, but I think this little gal is going to go live with my own baby girl that will be 21 years old tomorrow. Sheesh. When did that happen?
Back soon, friends, and hopefully with photos of at least some progress in that studio!